Today April 2nd is Marvin Gaye’s 60th post-humous birthday, the man who wowed the ladies and got the guys adoring had he been alive would have been six decades today celebrating his diamond jubileee. You ate about to be presented with seven facts that you should know about the shining star of soul music
1 The reason for the ‘E’in Gaye; Marvin’s surname from birth was Gay but because of the taunts being thrown at him especially because of his father who was a cross dresser and most especially when it was rumoured that Marvin Gaye was gay, so he had to add the ‘e’ to his surname
2 Marvin saw what Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy saw: Great minds they say think alike, Marvin had a premonition about he being killed just like Abraham Lincoln who dreamed of his death and voiced it out before stepping into Ford’s Theatre and John F. Kennedy who told his wife as they touched down that he would be shot
3 Marvin armed his own killer: Marvin had premonitions about death and about dying he even went ahead to buy a gun for his father to kill who wanted so badly to kill him, that happened to be his undoing for little did he know that the gun that he bought to protect him was the very gun the killer used to shoot him twice, the killer was no other person than his own father Marvin Gay Senior
4 He sang to conquer: Marvin went into music for two reasons to create his own persona from the shadow of just being a preacher’s son to the very voice of soul and to silently get back at his father for all the years of physical abuse and mental and emotional torture he suffered as a child. His father could have stopped him from going into secular music but since he had the blessing of his mother, he won over his father without throwing a punch
Marvin though gone lives with us in his music, that soulful music of the past that continues to hit us in the present ushering us into the future, what do you have to say about this icon of soul
As a child, I grew up being told by much older folks that certain events were just a coincidence and nothing else and woe betide you as a child that you argue with your elders, the consequences is that you will either get scolded or have the hand of justice on your backside or in other words, you will be flogged. As I grew older, I began to learn that there events that were coincidental but life was a continuous cycle of events in which things happen in a strange yet accurate manner an example is Rashidi Yekini scoring Nigeria’s first World Cup goal on June 22nd 1994 at USA 94 and 24 years later, Ahmed Musa scored Nigeria’s first goal at Russia 2018 and both goals scored were against European opponents Bulgaria and Iceland respectively
August 12th 1989 and 1996 can be refereed as such incredible days in the history of Nigerian football, a day many would want to forget one and remember the other. For reminders especially for the younger generation of followers of Nigerian football, August 12th 1989 was one of the darkest days in the history of Nigerian football, it was a day that as a ten year old I watched as Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji hit the turf of the Nigerian football never to rise again, Sam gave up the ghost on that day in a World Cup qualifier against Angola, a match Nigeria won by a lone goal. Nigeria won the match but at the price of a patriot. Seven years down the line at the same stadium, the U-23 had a qualifying match against the Young Pharaohs of Egypt which they won 3-2 the same lone goal difference. What got me thinking was that before the kick-off the match there was a minute silence observed on honour of late Samuel Okwaraji and maybe because of that honour the Nigerian team not only won the match the went on to Atlanta and claimed the gold medal in the footballing event, the first ever by an African nation. Now the question is where those two days, August 12th 1989 and 1996 mere coincidental events or where they arranged by the gods of football that Nigerians worship? People let me hear your side for this is where I rest my case.
The talking drum that voice of Africa which is a means of communication, a tool for celebration and a voice that speaks counsel in the past, present and the nearest future, you are about to be open to the world of astonishing secrets of this instrument that is heard and marveled all over the world
1 The talking drum has numerous other names and some of them are Gangan, Dundun, Doodo and Igba
2 The talking drum’s history can be traced to the descendants of Oduduwa, the Yoruba people
3 The word ‘Ayan’ means drummer, most drummers like to add the prefix to their names and examples are Ayangbade, Ayanbinrin, Ayangbade, Ayanniyi just to mention a few
4 The first drummer according to Yoruba history was a man called Ayangalu
5 The talking drum remain one of the oldest instruments of West Africa
6 The talking drum is an hour…
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There are still more World Cup facts that meets the eye and we have no other choice but to dish them out hot and steaming.
1 Four of the last five Golden Glove winners ended up on the World Cup winning team, Fabian Barthez of France in France 98, Gianluigi Buffon with Italy in Germany 2006, Iker Casillas of Spain in South Africa 2010 and Oliver Neuer of Germany in Brazil 2014. Oliver Kahn won the Golden Glove Award but Germany didn’t win the World Cup in 2002
2 Holland has appeared in three World Cup finals and losing all three in 1934, 1938 and 2010
3 Norman Whiteside, Pele, Ringobert Song and Michael Owen are the youngest players to have played in a World Cup.
4 Lothar Matthaeus has made the most appearances in a World Cup, twenty-five appearances, two more than Italian legend, Paolo Maldini and four more than Argentine legend Diego Maradona.
5 The match between Portugal and Netherlands was the worst in times of discipline as it saw sixteen yellow cards, four red cards with even those on reserve bench spoiling for a piece of the action. Luis Felipe Scolari kept his men under control but it wasn’t the same with Marco Van Basten who had lost control over his men.
6 Only six nations who hosted the World Cup ended as the tournament winners, Uruguay in 1930, Italy in 1934, England in 1966 , Germany in 1974, Argentina in 1978 and France 1998.
7 Germany have played more matches in the history of the World Cup than any individual nation. The German national team have played ninety-nine matches.
8 Brazil dominate the World Cup winning sixty-seven matches in nineteen tournaments scoring two hundred and ten goals
9 Only four teams have won every match in a tournament, Brazil 1970 and 2002, Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1938.
10 Italy and Brazil are the only champions who have retained their titles, Italy in 1934 and 1938 with Brazil holding onto theirs in 1958 and 1962 respectively.